TWO NEWS SHORTS: ANTI-ABORTION BEHAVIOUR REJECTED  

AUSTRALIA – Safe zones outside abortion clinics are welcome The New South Wales state government recently passed a law imposing a ban on anti-abortion protests outside abortion clinics. A commentary in response defends the ban by saying: “If you live in Victoria or one of the four other [Australian] states with such bans, then you won’t have seen one of these protests for a few years…. Still, I remember what the ‘protests’ looked like. They were … Continued

NEWS SHORTS – NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, CANADA

  NEW ZEALAND – “New Zealand politicians should be embarrassed” With Ireland voting to lift its ban on abortion, reports Stuff Nation, New Zealand’s abortion laws have also been in the spotlight… An abortion law advocate said New Zealand politicians should be “embarrassed” by how slowly they’ve acted on the issue compared to Ireland.   SOURCE: Stuff Nation, 28 May 2018   *** NSW, AUSTRALIA – Bill to establish exclusion zones around clinics likely to pass This … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Children by Choice

Children by Choice is an independent Brisbane-based non-profit organisation, committed to providing unbiased information on all unplanned pregnancy options – abortion, adoption and parenting. They have a pro-choice and woman-centred approach. They provide non-judgmental all options counselling, information and referrals for Queensland women experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and post-abortion counselling, through their Queensland-wide phoneline and in person at their Brisbane office. They also provide sexuality education to young people and professional development training for health and community … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Labour starts process of reforming the abortion law, as new Prime Minister had promised

On 16 February 2018, Andrew Little, senior Labour Party MP, made public the governing party’s decision to launch reform of New Zealand’s abortion law and invited the two other governing parties, New Zealand First and the Greens, to comment. He said he had received a letter from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the tripartite coalition was formed, directing him to begin the process. Once the two other parties give feedback, the Law Commission will be … Continued

TASMANIA – The closure of the main clinic providing surgical abortions in Tasmania has sparked a national debate in Australia

Dr Paul Hyland closed the main clinic (a private clinic) providing surgical abortions in Tasmania in May 2016. That is because the telemedicine service he had opened, the Tabbot Foundation, which provides medical abortion pills through telephone counselling, had reduced the clinic’s surgical abortion patients to only a few, too few for the clinic to be financially viable. The only other known (private) clinic charges $2,500. This situation, Buzzfeed reports, has now sparked a national … Continued

NEWS SHORTS – Ireland / USA / French Polynesia

IRELAND   Repeal referendum by end of May 2018 announced Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the government intends to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment before the end of May 2018. The referendum will be subject to parliamentary approval, with Varadkar saying the Cabinet had agreed on the preferred timeline. While the exact wording of the referendum question that will be put to voters has not yet been decided, Varadkar said … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – ALRANZ: Report of 2017

  The Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ had a busy year. They launched a new website, which includes information about doctors who refuse to provide reproductive health services; released the results of a poll commissioned in January that revealed the majority of New Zealanders are pro-choice in all circumstances; organised counter-demonstrations against anti-abortion types who were harassing women outside abortion clinics; appeared on a TV talk show with the then Prime Minister who was … Continued

UNESCO – International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach

More and more young people have joined together to call for their right to sexuality education. They have been joined by communities, parents, faith leaders and stakeholders in the education sector who increasingly champion sexuality education as an essential component of a good quality education that is comprehensive and life skills-based; and which supports young people to develop the knowledge, skills, ethical values and attitudes they need to make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about … Continued

WOMEN ENABLED INTERNATIONAL – Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: excerpts

Women Enabled International (WEI) and colleagues submitted written comments to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) regarding its Draft General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-Discrimination. WEI works at the intersection of women’s rights and disability rights to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. Through advocacy and education, WEI increases international attention to – and strengthens international human rights standards on – issues such … Continued

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